We stayed in this really lovely hotel on the recommendation of Marcelle the founder of Italian Expressions and because they have never let us down we went along with what we thought was going to be something less than the mark.
It was a without doubt a fantastic setting amongst a typical quiet Tuscan village ...beautiful walks wonderful views of San Giminano in the near distance..lovely church and just the right easy accessibility/distance from San Giminano and some great medieval towns and sites.
Easy access to Florence by train from Certaldo (which itself is worth a visit) and we were able to have a few hours in the Uffizi gallery(sorry never been able to spell that) as well as take in shops...didnt bother with the fine dining this time around as we were saving ourseleves for the super supper at Le Renaie.
The hotel has a fantastic restaurant (known as the Leonetta) which is famous not only for the seriously good food also for the visits of the Blair family (although thankfully we did not see them during our stay).
The success of the experience is in no small measure to the hands on input from the proprietor and the really friendly and efficient staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Le Renaie Hotel" is located in the little village of Pancole, just about 5 kilometres from San Gimignano. The hotel approaches the road named “via Francigena”, the ancient famous way that linked Italy to North Europe, for a long time. Very tranquil position, familial atmosphere in a simple ambience, of the country side.Simple, easy interiors where wooden furnishing stand out and all over Florentine terracotta. Pastel colours, flowered tissues decorate the lodge, the dining room and all the accommodations. All of them are fixed with modern equipment in order to grant the needed comfort during the stay. Superior rooms with a large terrace over the garden or the pool. Our guests can enjoy a splendid flowered garden, an open-air swimming-pool, a playground for kids, a private parking and the renowned “Leonetto restaurant”, the owners themselves manage the kitchen with a century of experience and knowledge of the real Tuscan cuisine. Free internet point and free WI-FI access are available in the lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Renaie Hotel
- Le Renaie San Gimignano